Although critics have come up with many different interpretations of this poem, one idea that has remained prevalent throughout these discussions is the apparent religious symbolism present throughout this poem. It is apocalyptic and natural symbolism that dominates the core of this poem It is impossible to believe that Coleridge was not thinking of the mysterious wind that blows on the Mariner, without any awareness of the wind as a Biblical symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Christabel goes into the woods to pray by the large oak tree, where she hears a strange noise.
Upon looking behind the tree, she finds Geraldine who says that she had been abducted from her home by men on horseback. Christabel pities her and takes her home with her; supernatural signs a dog barking, a mysterious flame on a dead fire, Geraldine being unable to cross water seem to indicate that all is not well.
They spend the night together, but while Geraldine undresses, she shows a terrible but undefined mark: Her father, Sir Leoline, becomes enchanted with Geraldine, ordering a grand procession to announce her rescue.
The unfinished poem ends here.
Composition and publication history[ edit ] It is unclear when Coleridge began writing the poem which would become Christabel. Presumably, he prepared it beginning in Christabel was not complete in time for the book's publication, though it did include The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
It was also at Keswick that he became addicted to opium.
He wrote, "I should have more nearly realized my ideal [had they been finished], than I would have done in my first attempt.
On his birthday inhe wrote in his notebook that he intended "to finish Christabel" before the end of the year, though he would not meet his goal. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. May Learn how and when to remove this template message Thematically the poem is one of Coleridge's most cohesive constructs, with the narrative plot more explicit than previous works such as the fragmented Kubla Khan which tend to transcend traditional composure.
Indeed, in many respects the consistency of the poem — most apparent from the structural formality and rhymic rigidity four accentual beats to every linewhen regarded alongside the unyielding mysticism of the account — creates the greatest juxtaposition in the poem.
Parenthetically, Coleridge described such mysticism and vagueness in his notes to The Rime of The Ancient Mariner as "mesmeric" in an attempt to justify his unconventional ideas as being profound in their stark originality.
While some modern critics focus upon lesbian and feminist readings of the poem, another interesting interpretation is the one that explores the demonic presence that underscores much of the action.
Geraldine, who initially appears to be an almost mirror image of Christabel, is later revealed as being far more complex, both sexually and morally: Like one that shuddered, she unbound The cincture from beneath her breast: Her silken robe, and inner vest, Dropt to her feet, and in full view, Behold!
Likewise, the heroines of the two works are similar, both Christabel and Laura are the children of deceased mothers currently in the charge of their widowed fathers. Geraldine's presence gives Christabel similar symptoms as Carmilla's does to Laura; both heroines experience troubled sleep and weakness in the morning after spending the night with their guest.
InUS experimental filmmaker James Fotopoulos released a feature-length avant-garde cinematic adaptation of Christabel.A summary of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Parts I-IV in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Coleridge’s Poetry. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Coleridge’s Poetry and what it means.
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